The Three Musketeers, Version 2

Alexandre DUMAS (1802 - 1870), translated by William ROBSON (1785 - 1863)

D’Artagnan, son of a poor Gascon aristocrat, travels to Paris to seek his fortune. His family connections enable him to obtain a position in a Guard regiment. His provincial ingenuousness and his hot-headed sense of honor earn him three duels in as many hours. Thankfully, his preparation with the sword is sufficient to recommend himself to his Musketeer antagonists, and they – Athos, Porthos, and Aramis – become his fast friends.

But fate also crosses D’Artagnan’s path with some dangerous people who become his opponents: a mysterious “man from Meung” and a woman who styles herself Milady, who has formidable seduction skills and a heart that is mean and violent. Fate also inserts D’Artagnan and his Musketeer friends squarely in the middle of a love triangle of heroic proportions – between Anne of Austria (the Queen of France), George Villiers (the Duke of Buckingham, France’s enemy), and the great spymaster, his Eminence the Cardinal Richelieu. Both of these gentlemen can command the armed forces of their respective countries to battle simply for the pleasure of beating the other. And the Musketeers must serve and risk life and limb at the siege of La Rochelle, a place where the Duke and the Cardinal have chosen to match wills.

In this age it was common for young cavaliers to live off the gifts of rich mistresses, and the four friends are certainly, it seems, bereft otherwise, although all are respectably employed as guardsmen to the King himself. Their love connections weave a further web about them which often seems to sidetrack their duty to King and country.

It takes all the efforts of the four to fend off the lethal consequences of mixing in the affairs of their betters and the slings and arrows (not to mention the musket and cannon balls!) of their outrageous fortunes. (Mark F. Smith)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction

Language: English

Group: d'Artagnan Romances (in English translation)

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Author's Preface Mark F. Smith
00:05:39
Play 01 The Three Presents of D'Artagnan the Elder Mark F. Smith
00:38:45
Play 02 The Antechamber of M. de Treville Mark F. Smith
00:27:42
Play 03 The Audience Mark F. Smith
00:29:55
Play 04 The Shoulder, The Baldric, and The Handkerchief Mark F. Smith
00:19:35
Play 05 The King's Musketeers and The Cardinal's Guards Mark F. Smith
00:25:10
Play 06 His Majesty King Louis XIII Mark F. Smith
00:47:54
Play 07 The Interior of the Musketeers Mark F. Smith
00:22:30
Play 08 Concerning a Court Intrigue Mark F. Smith
00:19:52
Play 09 D'Artagnan Shows Himself Mark F. Smith
00:18:33
Play 10 A Mousetrap in the Seventeenth Century Mark F. Smith
00:22:18
Play 11 In Which the Plot Thickens Mark F. Smith
00:41:22
Play 12 George Villiers - Duke of Buckingham Mark F. Smith
00:21:20
Play 13 Monsieur Bonacieux Mark F. Smith
00:21:21
Play 14 The Man of Meung Mark F. Smith
00:23:27
Play 15 Men of the Robe and Men of the Sword Mark F. Smith
00:19:44
Play 16 In Which M. de Segurier, Keeper of the Seals, Looks More Than Once for the Bell Mark F. Smith
00:29:03
Play 17 Bonacieux at Home Mark F. Smith
00:31:50
Play 18 Lover and Husband Mark F. Smith
00:15:31
Play 19 Plan of Campaign Mark F. Smith
00:19:16
Play 20 The Journey Mark F. Smith
00:25:42
Play 21 The Countess de Winter Mark F. Smith
00:22:53
Play 22 The Ballet of La Merlaison Mark F. Smith
00:17:14
Play 23 The Rendezvous Mark F. Smith
00:25:29
Play 24 The Pavilion Mark F. Smith
00:24:47
Play 25 Porthos Mark F. Smith
00:44:33
Play 26 Aramis and His Thesis Mark F. Smith
00:40:26
Play 27 The Wife of Athos Mark F. Smith
00:47:30
Play 28 The Return Mark F. Smith
00:32:12
Play 29 Hunting for the Equipments Mark F. Smith
00:21:08
Play 30 D'Artagnan and the Englishman Mark F. Smith
00:17:44
Play 31 English and French Mark F. Smith
00:17:48
Play 32 A Procurator's Dinner Mark F. Smith
00:23:13
Play 33 Mistress and Soubrette Mark F. Smith
00:22:00
Play 34 In Which the Equipment of Porthos and Aramis Is Treated Of Mark F. Smith
00:20:18
Play 35 A Gascon a Match for Cupid Mark F. Smith
00:17:28
Play 36 Dream of Vengeance Mark F. Smith
00:17:03
Play 37 Milady's Secret Mark F. Smith
00:16:18
Play 38 How, Without Incommoding Himself, Athos Procures His Equipment Mark F. Smith
00:21:04
Play 39 A Vision Mark F. Smith
00:21:05
Play 40 A Terrible Vision Mark F. Smith
00:18:58
Play 41 The Siege of La Rochelle Mark F. Smith
00:30:03
Play 42 The Anjou Wine Mark F. Smith
00:17:43
Play 43 The Sign of the Red Dovecot Mark F. Smith
00:18:50
Play 44 The Utility of Stovepipes Mark F. Smith
00:19:20
Play 45 A Conjugal Visit Mark F. Smith
00:14:15
Play 46 The Bastion Saint-Gervais Mark F. Smith
00:15:49
Play 47 The Council of the Musketeers Mark F. Smith
00:37:47
Play 48 A Family Affair Mark F. Smith
00:33:57
Play 49 A Fatality Mark F. Smith
00:19:23
Play 50 Chat Between a Brother and Sister Mark F. Smith
00:18:40
Play 51 Officer Mark F. Smith
00:26:30
Play 52 Captivity: The First Day Mark F. Smith
00:17:26
Play 53 Captivity: The Second Day Mark F. Smith
00:18:03
Play 54 Captivity: the Third Day Mark F. Smith
00:21:51
Play 55 Captivity: The Fourth Day Mark F. Smith
00:21:36
Play 56 Captivity: The Fifth Day Mark F. Smith
00:37:15
Play 57 Means of Classical Tragedy Mark F. Smith
00:16:39
Play 58 Escape Mark F. Smith
00:18:30
Play 59 What Happened at Portsmouth Mark F. Smith
00:24:29
Play 60 In France Mark F. Smith
00:12:49
Play 61 The Carmelite Convent at Bethune Mark F. Smith
00:30:58
Play 62 Two Varieties of Demons Mark F. Smith
00:11:07
Play 63 The Drop of Water Mark F. Smith
00:32:27
Play 64 The Man in the Red Cloak Mark F. Smith
00:13:34
Play 65 Trial Mark F. Smith
00:19:05
Play 66 Execution Mark F. Smith
00:11:14
Play 67 Conclusion Mark F. Smith
00:21:06
Play 68 Epilogue Mark F. Smith
00:04:04